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Friday, October 22

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Opening: "Gorillas Ate My Eggs!" @ Rotofugi

Rotofugi features new works by local graffiti artist Peabe in a show called "Gorillas Ate My Eggs!" in the store's brand-new gallery space next door. DJ Genghiswon and special guests spin all night, and beer is provided by Goose Island beer. Free, from 7pm to 11pm at 1953-55 W. Chicago Ave.

The Ox-Herder Tale @ Zen Buddhist Temple

Master puppeteer Blair Thomas presents The Ox-HerderTale, a simple story about a man searching for a bull that he must capture, tame and ride home, told with full-size bunraku puppets, masked actors, stilt walkers and shadow puppetry. Composer Michael Zerang performs sound and music, accompanied by fellow percussionist Hamid Drake. This evening at 8pm, at the Zen Buddhist Temple (1710 W. Cornelia). For more information about this free performance, call 773-722-3248 or visit the website.

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance will feature dynamic hoofers Lane Alexander and BAM!, Julie Cartier and Especially Tap Chicago, Reggio McLaughlin, Yukiko Misumi, Geogre Patterson, Jimmy Payne, Sarah Savelli, Keith Terry, Dianne Walker and Sam Weber with live music by the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio. This evening at 8pm at The Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University (20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston). Tickets are $20-30. For more information call 847-491-7282 or visit the website.

Lumpen anniversary party @ Heaven Gallery

Everybody's favorite mag for tearing down the pig system, Lumpen Magazine, turns 15 this year, and they're having a celebration tonight at Heaven Gallery. The fun begins at 8:00 PM, admission is $10, and you'll get food, drink, live entertainment by local bands (including Water Babies, Seoul Man Gene Lee, Warhammer 48K, Brotman & Short, and others) and loads of other stuff that I forgot. Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor.

Dollar Store @ Hideout

Featuring all your favorite kinds of stories based on a single dollar, the Dollar Store makes their regular showing at the Hideout this evening. Mary Fons, Careid Surprenant and Team Submarine are scheduled to read, as well as your hosts Jonathan Messinger and Jeremy Sosenko. $1 gets you in at 7pm. 1354 W. Wabansia. Call 773-227-4433 for more information.


If you haven't heard about Lollapalooza's return to Chicago this weekend, then you've likely been under a rock. The now three-day festival will feature over 130 bands on 8 stages, improv groups, freaky clowns, and artists. Music highlights include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Common, The Flaming Lips, Ween, Wilco, and, yeah, over a hundred others you'll likely want to catch. Check out the map, here (the festival runs all the way from Butler Field down to the softball fields where it was held last year). Tickets are $150 for a 3-day pass, or $65 for 1 day. (Before you go, check out our breakdown on Transmission.)

First Friday @ MCA

The MCA (220 E Chicago Ave) presents a water-themed First Friday, featuring a bathing suit fashion show, "skinny dip" martinis, and music by DJ Daniel Mnookin. Inspired by WaterShed, an interactive sculpture designed by students at the Art Institute that flashes and emits ambient sounds when you ask it for some agua. This evening from 6-10pm. Tickets are $7-15. For more information call 312-397-4010 or visit the website.

Magic Flute Excerpts in Millennium Park

If you work downtown, bring your lunch to Millennium Park and check out a live performance of highlights from Mozart's Magic Flute in Wrigley Square. The performance runs from 12:15 PM to 1 PM. Free. For more information, visit the website.

Wizard World Chicago

Today is the second day of Wizard World Chicago, a four-day event for movie, comic, anime, and gaming fans. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont); click here for a complete list of events and to purchase tickets.



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